Environment Minister Rankin, MLA Horne join SWEPS for cleanup

Amy Weston with Adopt-A-Stream; MLA Bill Horne; Keith Manchester; Anna McCarron with SWEPS; and NSE Minister Iain Rankin. (Healey photo)

FALL RIVER: The Shubenacadie Watershed Environmental Protection Society (SWEPS) held a clean up on July 31 of one of the brook’s they recently restored.

Joining them was the clean team from Clean Nova Scotia; Amy Weston with Adopt-A-Stream and the N.S. Salmon Association; MLA Bill Horne; other members of SWEPS; and Environment Minister Iain Rankin.

Minister Iain Rankin hard at work. (Healey photo)

Rankin wasn’t afraid to get dirty, dress clothes and all, as he helped move rocks from an area to allow for the water to flow further.

VIDEO: Minister Rankin leads the way into Blacks Brook

VIDEO: SWEPS cleanup of Blacks Brook with Minister Rankin

Many at the site were surprised at how clean it was, a couple commenting it may be because Lockview High held a cleanup before school ended, although they were unsure. They hope that it will remain the way it is.

As the afternoon progressed, the volunteers moved down Blacks Brook to work on and around some branches and digger logs.

Morgan Book and Levi Marshall were having fun making the water flow better over this digger log. (Healey photo)

Levi Marshall with SWEPS and Morgan Book had the task of building a better flow for the water over a digger log for the fish in the fall.

Meanwhile, two other Clean N.S. volunteers walked further down trying to pick up any garbage they saw in the brook or near it.

The volunteers finished up shortly afterwards.

Minister Iain Rankin speaks with Amy Weston and Anna McCarron before everyone headed in to the brook. (Healey photo)
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Pat has grown up in East Hants, having called Milford, and now Enfield home. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2001, and has spent time at newspapers in NL and Alberton and Summerside, PEI before becoming a reporter/photographer at The Weekly Press/The Laker in October 2008. He has a rescue kitty named Asha that is much loved—and spoiled. Pat is also our "social engagement guru." Check him out on twitter!